GridNet: a look under the Smart Grid hood

This is an interview conducted by Larry Karisny with Ray Bell, Founder and CEO of GridNet. Search for the phrase “Smart Grid” on Google and you will get more organizations and explanations defining what it is than you may even want to know. From government policies to standards groups to organizations to new publications, everyone […]

Two whitepapers on ROI: network infrastructure and software as a service (SaaS)

Today I have selected two white papers on return on investment (ROI). The reason is that many of you are struggling with tight budgets, so you don’t want to waste your money on useless hardware and software. When it comes to networking infrastructure, how much should you invest in new equipment to get what you […]

Tales from the Towers, Chapter 8: Half of something is better than nothing, but why settle?

This is Chapter 8 of Rory Conaway’s series, “Tales From The Towers”, about setting up a large scale Wi-Fi network. If you have not yet done so, read Chapter 7: One Size Does Not Fit All. Our network is pretty inexpensive but it suffers from first generation bandwidth problems of losing 50 percent of the […]

MobiHealthNews: weekly newsletter on mobile technology in the healthcare sector

The healthcare sector is rapidly adopting mobile technology – from iPads to Wi-Fi, as well as applications that enable doctors, nurses and other healthcare providers to respond to our needs using the latest and greatest technology. MobiHealthNews is the leading publication for the wireless healthcare industry. Those of you who sell wireless access points and […]

Tales from the Towers, Chapter 7: One size does not fit all

In this installment of Rory Conaway’s “Tales From The Towers”, he discusses the different types of antennas that can be used for large scale Wi-Fi networks. Before we continue developing the system further, it’s a good idea to discuss all the various antenna designs that go into a municipal design process.  I’ve described one type […]

Tales from the Towers Chapter 5: Reality, What a Concept

In the last article, access points were installed, WDS links set up for hopping, and we were ready to access the Internet.  Although TriadLand is ready to rock, we now need to connect the users.  First we need to connect the network to some type of Internet service and then come up with a way […]

RUS broadband grant awardee seeks consultant

A company that has been awarded an RUS grant for rural broadband under Round 1 of BIP is looking for a consultant who is experienced in RUS grants to help them comply with the rules for allowable costs, cost allocation, market pricing, and more. If you are an experienced RUS consultant, please email me with the appropriate […]

Tales from the Towers, Chapter 3: Deploying wireless networks in unlicensed bands

This is the third installment of my “Tales from the Towers” series of articles about deploying large scale Wi-Fi networks in unlicensed bands. The theme: share and share alike. Although we were going to discuss putting access points (APs) on the poles in this week’s article, an incident occurred last week that I think is […]

Tales from the Towers, Chapter 2: Wireless Access Point Secrets You Didn’t Share with your Parents

Continuing the discussion of the budget muni wireless network requires analyzing the front line component, the Access Point (AP). There are many variations of APs. They all have features and capabilities that provide enhancements in certain environments. Some of the APs break the practical limit of 20-30 users by using multiple radios in a single […]

NTIA gets 867 applications requesting $11 billion in broadband grants

The Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) announced today that it received 867 applications requesting $11 billion in funding for proposed broadband projects in Round 2. Unfortunately, the agency has only $2.6 billion to allocate for the second round. Applications came in from a diverse range of parties including state, local, and tribal governments; […]